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Getting Rid of Fleas in Your Home

A lot of pet owners will already be aware that the chance of your pet getting fleas is quite high, especially a cat, because of their life outside of the home.

Fleas can and will accumulate on your carpets and upholstery after connecting to their host, usually your pet. It’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible for yours and your dog’s well-being.

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Flea Facts

Here are some staggering facts that you may not have known about fleas;

  • They can jump more than 150 times their own body length, the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field!
  • Fleas can pull 160,000 times their own weight, which is the equivalent to a human pulling 2,679 double-decker buses!
  • When a flea jumps, it accelerates a whopping 50 times faster than a space shuttle!
  • Fleas can be put into cryostasis (frozen) for up to a year and still revive themselves!

How do fleas get into my home?

Fleas are parasitic insects, meaning they attach themselves to a host, for example, your dog.

Only the fleas themselves live on their selected host and the eggs and larvae live within their surroundings, for example, your carpet or upholstery.

The eggs will continuously drop from the host and fall onto the carpet and upholstery that your pet walks or sits upon.

How do I get rid of fleas in my home?

Fleas are a difficult pest to get rid of in your home, however, don’t worry it is definitely possible to remove them completely.

First things first, you will need to get your pet/s treated for fleas and continue this treatment until all the fleas are gone. Liaise with your vet to ensure correct treatment is undertaken.

Make sure you quarantine them in the meantime, away from any upholstery or carpets.

Upholstery/pet bedding

  • Remove all of your cushions and covers
  • Thoroughly wash in hot soapy water or place in the washing machine (Always check your care label)
  • Vacuum your cushions while the covers are being washed
  • Vacuum your upholstery, preferably with an upholstery brush attachment. Clean in like you’ve never cleaned it before, getting into every nook and cranny, making sure you also clean underneath
  • Remove the vacuum bag, place into a plastic bag, seal with tape and dispose of contents immediately
  • We would always recommend consulting a professional such as ourselves to inspect and treat if needed

Carpets and Rugs 

  • Get on your hands and knees and use a dry brush to loosen any flea larvae that have accumulated on your carpets/rugs
  • Vacuum the infected carpets/rugs thoroughly, getting into every corner of the room and underneath all of your furniture
  • Remove the contents into a plastic bag, seal with tape and dispose of immediately

This next stage we would recommend a carpet and upholstery cleaning professional like ourselves to complete, for health and safety purposes.

  • Steam clean the carpets/rugs to kill the larvae and fleas themselves
  • A flea treatment can then be put down to ensure all traces of this pest are completely removed

Contact Us

We can always assist with any flea removal from your carpets and upholstery, and can always give you advice on our social media, contact us today for more information.

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